Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned the club’s teenage sensation Jack Grealish to ‘keep his feet on the ground’ after seeing him put pen to paper on a new deal to June 2018.
Aged 19, Grealish has been hailed as one of the Premier League’s most exciting prospects after making his first-team breakthrough this season, earning impressive reviews from four top-flight cameos and one Capital One Cup start thus far.
Having entered the final season of his contract, both Chelsea and Manchester United were reported to be interested in his signature over recent weeks but, as a lifelong Villa fan, the Birmingham-native remained intent on securing his long-term future at his childhood club.
Now with a chance to establish himself as a genuine hometown hero going forward, Lambert recognises the promising winger’s undoubted potential, but stresses that he has a lot of work ahead of him before he can start to dream about becoming a claret and blue legend.
‘At 19 Jack has so much to learn and so much potential but that’s what it is,’ he was quoted in the Birmingham Mail.
‘It’s great for the club and great for the supporters that one of their own has come through the ranks.
‘I think they [the fans] identify with the club and there aren’t many teams that can say they can do that, and get the likes of Gabby [Agbonahlor] and Jack that come through the ranks.
‘As long as he doesn’t get carried away, keeps his feet on the ground and keeps working hard, because he will have blows throughout his career at times and you’ve just got to come through them.
‘As long as he doesn’t lose sight of what his job is then he’ll do fine.’